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  • With poise, restraint and deep intelligence, Sahota feeds us big, difficult themes - segregation and freedom, revolution and empire - in a form that is unsweetened, fresh and nourishing. Surely this, his third novel, will propel him up the shortlists to the prizewinning status he deserves.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times, 'This Book Will Win Prizes'
  • Sahota combines great writing with amazing storytelling... his books are intelligent and beautifully written and very poised but also incredibly immersive, gripping and very moving. An epic in miniature, China Room is the kind of novel that reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place.

    Open Book, BBC Radio 4
  • China Room is the most personal of Sahota's novels so far, a beautifully realised blend of fiction and memoir... Sahota is a truly original novelist, his prose sparingly precise in its beauty, steeped in kindness and deep humanity.

    Ruth Scurr, TLS
  • Sahota gives his period narrative the same effortless immediacy as his present-day one, yet his novel works by stealth, quietly beguiling the reader into an almost painful intimacy... I loved it.

    Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
  • There is a scrupulous subtlety about that way that Sahota refuses to let his historical characters act as though they are in a historical novel... Sahota has demonstrated an ambitious need to adapt the specific and concrete to something less easy to pin down, complete with all the gaps and ruptures that life provides and art makes, even for a moment, tangible.

    Alex Clark, Guardian, Book of the Day
  • Engrossing, intricate yet compact... excellent.

    Anthony Cummins, Literary Review
  • Sahota's beautifully crafted novel dovetails two stories from different eras... Both characters are prisoners of circumstances but, in their hunger for redemption, become emblematic of the human condition.

    Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
  • Poised and poignant, China Room is a rare novel that makes you pause in its beauty.

    Francesca Carington, Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week*
  • A gripping read... a memorable and poignant depiction of how family histories can echo through the generations.

    Huston Gilmore, Daily Mirror
  • China Room is very good at examining the trauma held in one family, whether it be personal or housed in a home, village, or country. Sahota seems to acknowledge that although we are not doomed to repeat the past, each subsequent generation feels a measure of the hardship that the last generation faced... a well-developed story of two lives that touch one another in ways that that can never be clearly seen.

    India Lewis, Arts Desk

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